Edra Louise Robinson passed away at The Saint Andrews Hospice in Aurora on July 23, 2010, from cancer she had been fighting since January 2009. It had spread to her liver and bones despite the chemotherapy and other treatments she went through.
She was the daughter of Edmond and Verna (Dunkley) Robinson and the granddaughter of Walter and May (Yoast) Dunkley. The Dunkleys and Yoasts were pioneers in Routt County, homesteading south of Hayden in the 1880s. Her grandparents had a homestead near Phippsburg in the early 1900s.
She was born June 20, 1942, at the Army hospital in Aurora, as her father was a member of the Army Air Corps, which was later changed to the U.S. Air Force. Her father, mother and brother, Robert, were at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on that fateful day of Dec. 7, 1941, when Japan attacked the United States of America. Her mother and brother returned to the mainland and lived in Steamboat Springs until her father returned from the South Pacific in May 1943, so she was 11 months old before her father got to see her. They lived in Pueblo where her father was stationed until he left the Air Force, and they returned to Steamboat in 1945. They moved to Hayden in 1947, and in 1949, her father re-enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base near Denver.
They bought their home in Aurora in 1949 and then her father was transferred to Japan. The family had to wait a year before they could join him. The Korean War broke out before they could go, so they were not able to join him, as he was in the middle of the war. Her father returned home in 1952 and was a stranger to the family — they had to get to know each other once again.
Her father was reassigned to the Air Force base near Phoenix in 1952, and they spent the next eight years there until Edra and her brother graduated from high school.
In 1960, after her graduation from high school, she moved back to their home in Aurora. Her father also retired from the Air Force that year.
Edra found employment with the Dun and Broadstreet Co. in Denver and retired from there after 40 years of employment.
After her father passed away in July 1978, she and her mother continued living in their home. Her mother passed away Jan. 20, 2008, and Edra continued living in their home in Aurora, where she lived for the past 48 years. She will be missed by her family and friends as she always was there when someone needed her. She was a caretaker for her aunt Dorothy Wright, her uncle C.O. Dunkley and her mother, helping each of them whenever she could until they no longer needed her. Now she is with them once again in everlasting life.
A service was held Aug. 3 at Olinger Hampden Memorial Gardens in Denver where she was laid to rest beside her loving mother and father.
She is survived by her brother, Robert C. Robinson Sr.; her niece, Rachael Weismann, and her husband, Michael; three great-nieces, two great-nephews, four great-great-nieces and one great-great-nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, her nephew Robert Robinson Jr. and her brother-in-law.